[Published Aug. 2016; updated Nov. 8, 2016]

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Update Regarding Escondido Village Parking During Construction


When construction of the new 2,400-bed Escondido Village (EV) graduate housing complex begins in Winter Quarter, there will be higher utilization of parking spaces, which may result in residents needing to park further from their residences than is currently the case.

In addition, you may reference FAQs About Escondido Village Parking for earlier information about EV parking before construction begins.

In anticipation of these changes, EV residents living in couples or family housing may have new limits on the number of parking permits they can purchase in 2017. EV residents in single units will continue to be limited to one EV area permit.

Temporary ES Permit for Non-Student Residents

As construction will not be starting until Winter Quarter, non-student residents in couples and family housing in Escondido Village will be allowed to purchase or extend their ES parking permit through Jan. 8, 2017. When the EVGR construction start date is finalized, further communication about limiting ES permits will be provided regarding households needing more than one permit during construction.  

Parking Changes Once Construction Begins

Residents are strongly encouraged to learn about transportation alternatives and to consider not bringing or keeping a vehicle on campus.

  • Availability of more than one EV parking permit per household. Households needing more than one EV area permit should check back at the end of the year for updates. These residents may be allowed to extend or purchase additional ES permits depending on construction phasing. 
  • Parking closures. Once the construction fence is installed and construction begins this winter, all existing parking for EV residents who live adjacent to the construction site will be removed, including parking next to Hoskins House, McFarland House, Blackwelder House, Quillen House, Studio 2, and Thoburn Court lowrise buildings 91-94. 
  • Loading zones created. There will be loading zones created to enable affected EV residents to drop off groceries or other items, then park their vehicle in their designated parking locations. 

Alternatives to Having Your Own Car on Campus

Why pay hundreds of dollars a year on parking and pay even more to maintain and drive your own vehicle only occasionally?  You could save significantly by reserving a vehicle only when you actually need one. Stanford offers free and discounted resources to help you go car free:

  • Zipcar at Stanford. On-demand car sharing is conveniently located on campus and lets you reserve a car online or by phone 24/7. With over 60 Zipcars on campus, this is one of the most convenient alternatives to driving your own car, and you receive Stanford discounts. [Map of Zipcars near Escondido Village]
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car on campus. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch on the Stanford Campus is located at Stock Farm Garage.. Stanford residents can register for $10 weeknight rentals.
  • Free Marguerite shuttle. Stanford's Marguerite shuttle is free and provides service around campus and to nearby shopping, dining, and entertainment. The service connects to the Palo Alto Caltrain station and the San Antonio Shopping Center.
  • Bay Area transit services. Find schedules, maps, and other information for Bay Area transit service, including Caltrain, VTA, BART, and more.
  • Thriving at Stanford [without a car] guide. Use this guide to find your way around the Bay Area, and you'll find you can thrive without a car.
  • Airport shuttle services. Private shuttles provide service between San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland airports and Stanford.
  • Bicycle program. With Stanford’s mild climate, flat terrain, and over 13,000 bike parking spaces on campus, biking is a great way to get around. Stanford’s award-winning bicycle program can help get you ready to ride.
  • Free trip planning services. Try our do-it-yourself commute plan/trip request, or ask us to create a custom transit and/or bike plan for you.

The introduction of new residential alternative transportation programs, including incentives, will coincide with the beginning of construction. In the months ahead, P&TS will announce details of new alternative transportation incentives for EV residents who do not buy a parking permit.

Additional parking options or other transportation changes for EV residents will be communicated when information becomes available.

If you have questions, contact Parking & Transportation Services: Parking questions:  transportation@stanford.edu | Alternative transportation options:  commuteclub@stanford.edu